CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!

CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!
What will be uncovered this year?
We're back for our 11th season during which examination of trench IV will be continued. Our work will examine the interior of the masonry building (the possible chapel) with its drain discharging into the ditch, the western part of the ditch feature where it is overlain by the medieval building and the underlying deposits. This year trench IV will also be extended to the south in order to locate and examine a stone structure identified during the excavation of a service trench in 2013.
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Thursday, 30 May 2013

It's the last few days on site, Ben and Christian bring us up to date...



Ben gets to grips with geophysics:



Today began as every other day it seems, wet and cold. This morning me, Andrew and Dan were given the task of clearing a section of the site where it was believed the main wall would continue across the site. Needless to say this was not very pleasant as the area was covered with pools of water and mud, after this was cleared we began to trowel at the area, and started to uncover the wall. However after break we did not get a chance to finish our job as we then had the task of surveying an area using geophysics, more specifically a resistivity meter. This process was quite enjoyable and was certainly a new experience for all of us.


Christian talks us through the last full day on site (boo! L)



After almost four weeks at Grosvenor Park today was the penultimate day of the dig and the last day of any excavation on site, so everyone was busy finishing digging and recording the features before the terram is laid and the trench filled tomorrow. Despite showers throughout the day the levels were taken and plans drawn of every wall, ditch and pit on site. I planned and, with the dumpy level, measured a section of the culvert or drainage ditch that runs across the site. In the afternoon site photographs needed to be taken so along with Rafie and Fran, I had the task of troweling what seemed like half the site and removing every one of the many leaves which fell into the trench (it didn't help that the area being photographed was under a tree!).



Once all the photographs were taken all that was left was to clean all the tools and start packing up all the equipment ready for the trench to be closed tomorrow. Despite the mud and rain, with one day left to go, I will miss the excavation and will be disappointed when I see the backfill being placed in the trench on Friday afternoon. 

Helen and Christian continue to clean features on site

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